Turkey cancels international flights amid virus outbreak
Turkey suspended all international flights from Turkish Airlines as part of measures to curb the spread of coronavirus, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Friday as the country's death toll from the pandemic climbed to 92, TRT World reported.
"All international flights have been suspended for an indefinite period," Erdogan said in a press conference at a government's office in Istanbul.
Turkey's flag carrier Turkish Airlines previously suspended almost all international flights with exceptions of New York, Washington, Hong Kong, Moscow and Addis Ababa whereas domestic flights and cargo operations continue as planned.
In addition to international flights, Turkish Airlines limited its domestic flights. The carrier’s flights will now only fly to and from major cities such as Istanbul and Ankara.
As for domestic transportation, the president said inter-city travels were now subject to local authorities' permission and only a well-spaced seating arrangement would be allowed on buses.
Picnic areas and historical sites will be closed on the weekends. Moreover, the deputation and discharge of soldiers from duty will allow for a 14-day quarantine period across 30 major cities.
Ramping up measures against the outbreak, Turkey also limited intercity bus travel and banned walks and fishing along the seashore and beaches, as well as jogging in forests and parks on weekends.
Pandemic boards would be established in all provinces of Turkey to implement swift actions, he added.